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History Runs Deep in Missouri
Author: H&L Partners
History is a big part of who and what we are. We pride ourselves in keeping our history available to everyone. Understand and explore the African-American heritage. See how women made a name for themselves in art and literature. Learn about dinosaurs, money and sunken ships. Take a trip down memory lane. Missouri holds a world of knowledge within its borders.

In some African countries, the “griot,” (pronounced “Gree-oh”) is a highly respected member of the community who collects, preserves and shares the stories and objects of the community. The Griot Museum of Black History Culture in St. Louis gives visitors the chance to explore Missouri’s rich and enduring African-American heritage. An authentic slave cabin brings life to the struggles of African-Americans during that period of time. Board a transatlantic slave ship to see how the passage to America was a trying ordeal. Learn the history of African-Americans Josephine Baker, Dred and Harriett Scott and Miles Davis as you read their stories and meet their life-size likenesses, all with ties to the region. (Cameras & recording  devices of any kind are strictly prohibited.)

Take a self-guided tour at the Route 66 Museum in Lebanon: visit a 1950s gas station; step back in time into a classic diner; see antique cars in their true glory; learn the history of "The Mother Road." It’s as if you are really traveling down Route 66 more than six decades ago. The museum is located in the Lebanon-Laclede County Library.

The story of achievement in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration to this and future generations at the Arrow Rock African-American Museum. It is located inside the original building of Brown's Lodge No. 22 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the first black lodge to be established in Arrow Rock, as early as 1877. Oral histories, records and artifacts provide a link to Missouri’s African-American past. Brown's Lodge, the only remaining black lodge in Missouri, is located 20 miles northwest of Boonville, in the Santa Fe Trail era historic village of Arrow Rock. In its time the lodge provided a network of caring and financial support before the implementation of government programs.

USA Today
says: "The Titanic Museum Attraction is not to be missed." Travel to Branson for an outstanding adventure aboard the Titanic. Experience the Titanic as the passengers did. The newest gallery pays tribute to the eight musicians on board who continued to play as the great ship went down. Trip Advisor awarded the attraction a Certificate of Excellence
2013. Visit the ship's YouTube channel for a sneak peek.

Travel to the home of the first female cartoonist in the United States. Bonniebrook Gallery, Museum and Homestead was the residence of Rose O’Neill, creator of the Kewpie character. Located in Walnut Shade (10 miles north of Branson), this site is home to O’Neill’s 14-room Ozarks mansion and Kewpie Museum. The Art Gallery features 60 of her original works of art.

Visit the inspiration behind “Little House on the Prairie,” at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum. Visit the Rocky Ridge Farm, where Wilder wrote her much-loved Little House books; explore the farmhouse and Rock House; see Pa’s fiddle; observe handwritten manuscripts; view keepsakes from the Ingalls and Wilder families. Spend an afternoon at this site in Mansfield – 45 miles east of Springfield. Open March 1 through November, 15.

In September 1856, the steamboat Arabia sank in the Missouri River near Kansas City, with 200 tons of cargo bound for towns in the west. At the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, view the results of the 1988 excavation of the boat. The museum is a time capsule of life on the American frontier in the mid-19th century. Visit the Cargo Gallery to see handcrafted dishware, clothing and firearms. In the Treasures Room, see perfectly intact bottles of French perfume. Tours are given daily, every 30 minutes; days and hours vary by season. An admission fee is charged.

The Money Museum, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is a unique experience offering a free, up-close look at the nation's financial system in action. Test your strength by lifting a solid gold bar. See if you can spot the counterfeit money. Peek into the four-story tall cash vault. Learn how monetary policies can affect financial decisions.

Welcome to the home of the “Missouri Dinosaur.” In Marble Hill (30 miles west of Cape Girardeau), t
ravel to the time of dinosaurs and examine fossils and artifacts. At the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History, you can get up-close-and-personal with a life-size replica of Hypsibema missouriense, a duck-billed dinosaur with jaws that contained more than 1,000 teeth. The real dinosaur was discovered in Bollinger County in 1942; in 2004 it became Missouri's official dinosaur. The Lewis and Clark exhibit gives an insight to their journey across the U.S. and some of the tools they carried. Other fascinating exhibits are found in the facility.

Travel 30 minutes from Cape Girardeau and visit the
Bollinger Mill State Historic Sit. Watch how corn is ground into meal at this working, four-story, stone and brick, water-powered mill. Erected about 1867, Bollinger Mill is listed on the National Register Historic Places. While there, visit Burfordville Covered Bridge, one of Missouri's four surviving covered bridges.

Hannibal, known for Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer, has a rich and colorful history with the Mississippi River at its door. Through interactive displays, the Hannibal History Museum explores the rise of steamboats and railroads, river explorers and pioneers. Attend a live performance of the “The Life and Times of Molly Brown,” outlining the experience of this fascinating woman who survived the sinking of Titanic.


 The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture
Through core exhibits, we create a community of lifelong learners who explore, experience and embrace ...

 Route 66 Museum
Take a self-guided tour of this museum, which features recreations of a 1950s gas station and a classic ...

 Arrow Rock African-American Museum
"Reflections of African-American Arrow Rock, 1865-1960," is a permanent exhibit located in Brown Lodge ...

 Titanic Museum Attraction
A one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Experience life on board Titanic, just as it was on her ...

 Bonniebrook Gallery, Museum and Homestead
Bonniebrook was the home of Rose O'Neill – artist, author, activist, illustrator, inventor, creator ...

 Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her beloved Little House books while living at Rocky Ridge Farm, near Mansfield. ...

 Arabia Steamboat Museum
In September 1856, the steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City with 200 tons of cargo bound for towns ...

 The Money Museum in Kansas City
The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is a unique experience offering a ...

 Bollinger County Museum of Natural History
The "Home of the Missouri Dinosaur." Our exhibits include a life-size model of the Hypsibema missouriense, ...

 Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
The four-story, stone and brick water-powered mill dates to around 1867. The 140-foot Burfordville Covered ...

 Hannibal History Museum
Discover the rich and colorful history of Hannibal. Learn of the region’s river explorers and ...